It’s just so.. Tamara. I have no other way to explain it. Sometimes it’s straight and sometimes it’s curly, but mostly it’s wavy and crazy and has a mind of its own, depending on the weather. I never really know what to expect from it, but I learned long ago not to try to tame it. That works almost too well. And then I want it to be wild again. The truth is, my hair isn’t consistent. That’s ok because I’m not really consistent either, unless we’re talking about natural ingredients found in your hair care products, along with my hair care routine. That’s something I do the same way every day, and with pride.
My Natural Ingredients Hair Care Routine For Long Hair:
1 – I brush my hair. What’s the right way for me? I brush it from the bottom up, a little at a time, because otherwise I can get breakage and hair damage. And I do NOT want to harm my hair in any way. The point is to be gentle!
2 – This isn’t every day but at least a few times a week I’ll do a DIY hair mask with avocado and coconut oil and fruit.
3 – I wash my hair with some pretty great products I’m going to talk about in this post! Washing long hair might be different than shorter hair. I actually shampoo TWICE. The first round gets fid of dirt and gunk. The second one cleans it.
4 – Then I use conditioner along the ends of my hair, and rinse after a few minutes.
5 – After my shower I use my favorite product ever for my hair – BE CARE LOVE Superfoods Anti-Frizz Hair Serum. First of all, it smells amazing – like coconut and summer. And it’s not to heavy or greasy to apply to my damp hair.
6 – Then, I brush my hair gently again to remove tangles. I have a special brush that’s meant for brushing wet hair. Otherwise, I’d use a comb to avoid more breakage and damage.
7 – Before blow drying, I use Volumize Hair Mask with Tea Tree Oil to add volume. In truth, I have a lot of natural volume but in the winter, it can fall flat with static. I add a little (goes a long way) to my hair when my head is upside down.
8 – I dry my hair with a low heat setting and I only make sure the top is dry. I like to wrap up the bottom for natural curl.
9 – I add a little styling mousse or spray to complete it. The whole thing takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.
10 – Then I enjoy my hair. Of course!
I get all of my wonderful products at Sally Beauty. When I shop for hair products, I’m looking for natural ingredients. And I’m also looking for hair care products that smell good (so important to me!) and perform well too:
Here are some ingredients to look for, and their benefits:
Avocado: Creamy consistency great for conditioning; pamper scalp with Vitamin B &E
Coconut: ditch dandruff with antibacterial benefits; Adds luster and softness to hair; Prevents hair loss
Oats: Locks in moisture; comforts irritated scalps; Gently lifts impurities; Vitamin B is hair damage Rx
Honey: strengthens hair follicles; increases hair growth; helps heal dandruff and eczema; attracts moisture to hair
Lavender: soothes and calms irritation
Shea Butter: puts a shield around damaged hair; relieves itchy scalp
Peppermint: battles bacteria and irritation; eases redness to scalp
Charcoal: zaps oil; detoxes scalp & skin; adds extra oomph to hair volume
Hibiscus: helps hair blossom; thickens hair stems; cuts down hair shedding
Mongongo: lightly exfoliates; protects against heat; wakes up sleeping hair follicles
Cassidy uses Natural Origin Restore Strengthening Shampoo and Natural Origin Nurture Moisturizing Conditioner. He seeks natural ingredients as well. Humorously, he’s now considered as having color-treated hair. He’s normally a dirty blonde, but he dyed his hair black with silver sides for his Halloween costume. And it will be awhile before it grows out! Luckily, he has great products. He also uses my Volumize Hair Mask with Tea Tree Oil since his hair is more straight and medium than mine.
My shampoo of choice? Superfoods Color Lock Shampoo and Superfoods Color Lock Conditioner. It smells SO good, like berries. Also, I’m not consistent with hair coloring. Sometimes I glaze it. Sometimes I go rogue. And often times I leave it alone too. I like to know I’m using something to help my color stay locked in and bold – whether it’s “my” real color or a glaze.